Shane Merrill | Writer
The Parker girls played in the early game last weekend against the Beresford Watchdogs. Parker, still searching for its first win hung tough, but a late Watchdog rally was too much for the Pheasants to overcome, handing Parker a 59-38 defeat.
Parker hung with the visitors throughout the first half. A Rayna Mohr three sparked the Pheasant scoring early, giving the visitors a 3-2 early lead. Parker continued to lead for most of the quarter going up as many as 10-6 midway through. Beresford came right back however going up 18-9 late in the quarter.
Both teams continued to trade jabs throughout the second, but it was Parker’s defense that stood out, allowing just nine points. Even after the Watchdogs led 19-15, a Paityn DeBoer three followed by a Brooke Berens two had the Pheasants back out front 20-19. Once again Beresford went on a run to take a five point lead late in the contest, but a late bucket had Parker within three, down 27-24 at the half.
Scoring stalled out in the second half for the Pheasants, even after an early three from Cierra Mohr. Parker struggled to get any offense going, trailing 46-32 after three and going on to fall in the contest 59-38.
Leading Parker was Cierra Mohr with 15 while Rayna Mohr had eight. Sydney Berens led the rebounding effort pulling in six boards.
Up next the Pheasants looked to regroup as they traveled to Bon Homme on Tuesday.
Huskies escape Pheasants
The Parker girls were in Elk Point last Thursday to face off against the Huskies. Parker had a strong three quarters, but EPJ was able to rally past the visitors in the fourth, winning 50-32.
In the opening minutes it was all EPJ as the hosts jumped ahead 7-0 to take a quick lead.
A Cierra Mohr three had Parker back in the hunt, but the hosts were able to extend their run, leading 14-7 after one.
Parker continued to hang tough in the second quarter as Mohr and Lexi Even helped keep the Pheasants within striking distance. Even dropped in six straight points to help the Pheasants within four midway through the quarter, but EPJ kept the lead, up 25-17 after two.
The Pheasants cranked up the defense in the third quarter allowing just nine points while Parker dropped in 12, pulling within five at the end of three.
The Huskies used a strong fourth quarter to seal the win, allowing just three Pheasant points while scoring 16, on their way to a 50-32 win.
Leading Parker was Even with 10 and Mohr with 11. Both also led the rebounding effort with seven and eight respectively. Parker did out shoot the Huskies hitting 30 percent compared to 28 percent and won the rebounding battle 43-38.
Up next Parker faced Beresford.
Scotland tops Parker girls
The Parker girls met the Scotland Highlanders last week at the annual Parkston Classic. The Pheasants were looking for their first win of the season. However, the Highlanders had other thoughts, taking the win 66-34.
Parker managed to score first in the game, and kept things close the first quarter. Back to back Sydney Berens buckets opened the contest for the Pheasants, giving Parker their only lead of the game at 5-4. Scotland then managed a seven point run, going up 11-5, before a Cierra Mohr three cut the lead to three. Berens added one more basket late in the quarter, keeping Parker within striking distance down 17-10.
The Highlanders went on another scoring spree early in the second, scoring seven straight to go up 14.
Parker tried to claw their way back into the contest, as Mohr buried another three followed by a two from Breana Jensen, pulling the Pheasants back within nine with three minutes to go. But, it was all Scotland from there, taking a 35-22 lead into the half.
The second half found the Pheasants struggling to put points on the board, trailing by 24 after three and going on to fall, 66-34.
Leading Parker was Mohr with 15 points while Berens had nine. Rayna Mohr also grabbed eight rebounds.
“Scotland had a good inside outside game and were really aggressive,” commented coach Kennedy Wagner. “We need to value the basketball offensively.”
Up next Parker traveled to Elk Point on Thursday and was at Beresford on Saturday.
Baltic slides past Parker girls
The Baltic Bulldogs came to town just before Christmas break for the Pheasants, looking for an early win on the season. Parker hung tough though, leading throughout most of the game, but the Bulldogs were too much, going on to take the win 42-30.
Defense was the name of the night as both teams struggled to hit key shots. Early on both went back and forth trading shots but buckets from Sydney Berens and Paityn DeBoer put the Pheasants up 6-3 with three minutes to go. Baltic managed to nab the lead right back, going up 9-8 to end the first.
Parker opened the second with another shot from Berens to give the lead back to the hosts. Both teams contined to trade the lead until late in the quarter when three straight points from Lexi Even had the Pheasants up 18-15 heading into the locker room.
The Pheasants held that lead through the first two minutes of the third before Baltic tied the game for the fifth time and took their own three point lead just seconds later.
The Bulldogs continued to hold on through the third quarter, on their way to a 36-29 lead heading into the final frame.
The offense stalled for the Pheasants in the final quarter, with just one point being scored, while Baltic managed to tack on a few more, on their way to a 42-30 win.
Even was able to lead the Pheasants posting 12 points while Berens had six. Shelby Lang also led the rebounding effort with six.
Up next the Pheasants took to Parkston for the annual Parkston Classic against Scotland.